Rosaiah, BSY bridge the gap

Join hands to repair bridge across Tungabhadra connecting Raichur, Mantralaya

 Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa welcoming his Andhra Pradesh counterpart  K Rosaiah at Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore on Friday. KPNKarnataka CM B S Yeddyurappa and his Andhra counterpart Rosaiah, on Friday, agreed to share the cost of the repair of the bridge.

Yeddyurappa, briefing the media after meeting K Rosaiah in Vidhana Soudha, said after a portion of the bridge collapsed, road connectivity between the two states had suffered badly. According to the initial estimates it would require Rs 36 crore for repair works. Rosaiah had agreed to share the amount and work towards getting the bridge repaired at the earliest.

He said constructing a new bridge in the same place would require over Rs 300 crore. Both the governments would consider sharing the required amount by allocating grants in the next year’s budget.

Joint request

Yeddyurappa said that both states would jointly request the Centre for waiver of agriculture loans and relaxation of calamity relief fund norms.

The chief minister said both the states had been badly hit by the floods. Lakhs of people in both the states were rendered homeless after the floods. The affected people would not get sufficient relief as per the existing norms.

Karnataka had already submitted a detailed memorandum to the Centre.
“If the Andhra Pradesh government joins hands with us both the states may get higher amount of relief package from the Centre. Rosaiah was in agreement with the State’s stand on this issue,” the CM said.

Yeddyurappa said, during his interaction with Rosaiah, he was curious to know how Andhra Pradesh government could manage to invest a huge amount on irrigation projects. The response from Rosaiah was that the government had been investing more on irrigation project cutting funds on other projects.

CM waits for CM

Andhra Pradesh chief minister K Rosaiah made his Karnataka counterpart Yeddyurappa and other ministers to wait for 45 minutes in Vidhana Soudha. Rosaiah was scheduled to arrive in Vidhana Soudha at 11 am.

Yeddyurappa, along with his colleagues C M Udasi, Basavaraj Bommai and Murugesh Nirani was all prepared to receive Rosaiah by 11 am.

Yeddyurappa spent time accepting cheques towards CM’s relief fund offered by a couple of donors.

Acharya, Aravind Limbavali and Goolihatti Shekhar were waiting at Vidhana Soudha entrance to receive the guest.  Around 11.45 am Rosaiah arrived and both the chief ministers had a meeting for about 20 minutes.

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